Ethel Konen was born in Detroit on Jan. 9, 1935, the daughter of James Konen and Loretta Schloff Konen. Her family included three sisters and three brothers. She belonged to Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of St. Joseph on July 1, 1953. Ethel received the name Sr. Loretta Rose at her reception on Jan. 3, 1954. She pronounced first vows on Jan. 3, 1956, and final vows on Jan. 3, 1959.
Sr. Loretta Rose received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Nazareth College. She taught in a number of schools of the Congregation including St. Rita, St. Margaret Mary, St. Francis Home, St. Philip Neri and St. Martin in Detroit; St. Joseph, Kalamazoo; St. James, Ferndale; St. Gerard, Lansing; St. Mark, Warren; and St. Veronica, Eastpointe. She also taught several years at the Maryknoll School in Hawaii. Sr. Loretta Rose pursued further education as a health care chaplain and was certified as director/specialist of programs for older adults. She worked in pastoral care at Borgess Hospital and Borgess Nursing Home. When the Kalamazoo hospitals opened a Hospital Hospitality House, she served for a time as the resident manager.
Sr. Loretta Rose possessed a loving, joyful personality. Her compassionate spirit endeared her to the hearts of all with whom she journeyed. She was proud of her CSJ heritage, and all the good that she accomplished in her life was done in the name of her CSJ congregation. She was truly an advocate for the poor and the elderly. She was most grateful to her family, congregation and friends and co-workers who so lovingly supported her through the years. May Sr. Loretta Rose now be admitted to the joyful company of saints where she will rejoice in God’s presence forever.